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A message to junior doctors – decide whether to support the contract dispassionately

Social media has been a curious cocktail since the ‘contract deal’ was announced. Conjectures, theories, mischief has flown around in equal measure, wi...

Junior doctor contract: despite the tinkering, juniors are going to reject the deal

So, in a nutshell, here are the changes to the juniors' NHS contract. Note that no one has explained how you make a five day service become a seven service...

Reaction to the contract agreement: “we hope juniors will support the new package”

Stephen Dalton, acting Chief Executive, NHS Confederation “Our members across the NHS will be pleased that a resolution for a new junior doctors contr...

Zika Virus: WHO warning about the risks in Europe is timely and real

The WHO Europe warning about the risk of Zika virus in Europe is timely and real. There have already been indigenous European outbreaks of two closely r...

“EM Cinderella is not going to the ball, she is resigning and seeking work elsewhere”

Latest government figures – in the NHS England Combined Performance Summary – show lengthening waits for urgent and emergency care. Here’s the key...

BMA: We have to challenge the government on its misleading use of figures

Two important new studies published in The Lancet suggest the ‘weekend effect’ is a major oversimplification of a complex picture, and links with medic...

Juniors contract dispute: let’s hope they can find some common ground in this week’s talks

With bated breath we all wait for white smoke to emerge from the chimneys above wherever it is the BMA and the Government are holding their long awaited ta...

Juniors, BMA and Hunt need to untangle themselves from the ‘drama triangle’

Years ago I was house surgeon to the late Sir Alan Parks, a past President of the Royal College of Surgeons. I remember him saying that if you are in an ar...

Dear Jeremy Hunt, Stop treating us like babies – we are fully qualified professionals

Dr Ben White, a junior doctor at Newham General Hospital in East London, resigned while being interviewed by Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on Good Morning ...

Plea to PM from college presidents: intervene and bring parties back to negotiation

Dear Prime Minister, You have spoken many times about your commitment to the NHS. In our view, as leaders of the medical profession, the ongoing impasse...

Junior doctors should exhaust legal action before taking strike action

On 26 and 27 April the junior doctors will take the unprecedented action of withdrawing all labour during industrial action, demanding withdrawal of the co...